Category Archives: Military

Your WW2 era American sailor next door

American Sailor Headshot. Private Collection.

American Sailor Headshot. Private Collection.

On a 2.5″ x 3.5″ headshot. He’d just graduated from basics by the ribbon on his chest. He has a serious expression, looking tough as if to prove his worth to his brothers and family. What bugs me is how his picture got to me. It hasn’t been more than what…seventy years since it was taken? I must be getting old since I think it wasn’t that long ago.

But my point is it already got lost from his family members, and that’s a shame. And then it makes you wonder, did he survive at all?

Thank you for your service, sailor. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

 

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This handsome soldier

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CDV. Private Collection.

Well, this gentleman certainly was easy on the eyes! This post Civil War CDV is unfortunately without a name or date. Pity, because this soldier surely made a few hearts aflutter! I hope he was able to return home to his awaiting love for he most likely had one, along with a few heartbroken ladies.

This bubble portrait carte de visite with the round corners is post 1870. His hair flattened close to the forehead is also very much of the decade and the next. Note the large round buttons on his coat, someone may be able to tell what unit he belonged to.


Ribbons, medals and a parasol

Close up of tintype. Four wearing ribbons and medals. Private collection.

These four are definitely Americans wearing ribbons on the chest. One has the two crossed flags with an eagle at the bottom. The other ribbon reads I was sober when I came. :) Two of these gentlemen also wear a medal next to the ribbons. I think this was an electoral or semi formal military event, and the three in light clothes are wearing military uniforms with the black tie tucked in. One’s wearing a fancy black ribbon bowtie I’ve also seen worn with uniforms but seems to have been less common. They’re all wearing the same hat too.

The gent to the back right chose to wear a civilian suit with pins on the lapel, but he looks to have a uniform shirt and tie on under the coat. Maybe this event wasn’t formal enough to require a strict dress code. Interesting too that one of them is wearing a double buckle belt (maybe only interesting to me but worth mentioning…)

The chinese parasol made me laugh; it adds a soft, even humorous touch to this group portrait.

I think this was taken in the 1900s. Finding out what event the ribbon with the flags was for would help date this picture more accurately.

1/6th tintype. Private collection.

Tintype in mat with flap.


Brooklyn WWI era private signing document

RPPC. Private Collection.

RPPC. Private Collection.

A mystery as to what this private was handed and signed. Was the thick book a bible? A law book? This RPPC was glued to an album, effectively hiding the photographer info stamped on the back. All I can make out is the location of the studio in Brooklyn. I suspect the other two are related to him, his brothers?

Happy Veterans Day!

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918


WWII era sailors Bill & Jim’s “After”

Bill Hall & Jim Pollen. RPPC. Private Collection.

Bill Hall & Jim Pollen. Tiajuana Jail RPPC. Private Collection.

World War II era sailors Bill and Jim and three bottles of liquor…what could go wrong? They don’t look too inebriated on this arcade picture taken in Tijuana, Mexico. Looks to me this was a “Before” picture they named “After”, as if we’re fooled. :)

Pretty boy Bill looks like he hit something hard with his right hand.

Detail close-up.

Detail close-up.

RPPC: EKC 1939-1950


Four 1880s Brattleboro cadets 

1880s cadet buddies. Caleb L. and John C. Howe. Brattleboro. Cabinet Card. Private Collection.

These four teens from Brattleboro, Vermont were most likely cadets, maybe in a marching band?

Photographer Caleb Howe chose to take this picture horizontally, preferring to catch the boys in close-up. One of them is smiling and the others seem comfortable in front of the camera.

The card has yellowed with the passing of time.

Back of card.

Caleb Howe & Son. Back of card.

Photographer: Caleb Lysander Howe & Son (John C. Howe). Brattleboro. Vermont.

Caleb Lysander Howe (1811-1895) was a highly respected photographer in his home state of Vermont. He began his craft on the road in the late 1840s. During the Civil War he photographed a great number of soldiers who queued at his studio door for a chance to get their portrait taken. He also photographed Union General John W. Phelps on a card with the similar backing.

Howe’s son joined him in the business in the early 1880s. Since his initials appear on that cabinet card as well as the one I have I believe these were made a couple of decades after the war, by the end of the general’s life who passed in 1885.

Caleb Howe was also a singer and musician. There is a page dedicated to his life that is worth a look. There you can see the John W Phelps card.


WWI U.S Army Private Harold H. Richmond

Harold H. Richmond. WWI U.S. soldier. Private Collection.

Harold H. Richmond. WWI U.S. soldier. Private Collection.

I love finding vintage photos in formats less commonly found. This picture is 3″ x 8″, tucked in a folder with flaps. This young man is IDed on the back as Harold H. Richmond. A note below the name in the same handwriting says World War.

Signature

Signature.

On this picture private Harold is in his early twenties, standing straight and proud in his uniform. He was born in 1892 in Connecticut and he’s of the lucky ones who survived the Great War; his name isn’t listed on the lists of casualties from either New York or Connecticut, and he appears on a census from 1940.

He married a lady named Marian and did well for himself owning two listed residences; one in Winchester N.Y and another in Fairfield Connecticut.

Another Richmond from Waterbury (CT) did die during the war. He was a private with the first name of Arthur D. Was he related to Harold?

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Photographer: H. Tarr. 1397 Broadway. N.Y.


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